Patterson School of Accountancy

University of Mississippi

About the School of Accountancy

Setting the Standard

To keep pace with the increasing number of career options in accounting, the university elevated its accounting program to a separate School of Accountancy in 1979. As a subject, however, accountancy has been a part of the university’s curriculum since 1848.

A national leader in accounting education, the School of Accountancy was the first in the state to receive accreditation of its bachelor’s and master’s accountancy programs.

Advanced Technologies to Meet the Challenge

The School of Accountancy houses two national research centers: the National Tax History Research Center, co-sponsored by the Academy of Accounting Historians, and the National EDP Audit Archival Center. In addition, the School of Accountancy has two computer laboratories with 70 personal computers available for student use. The research centers and computer laboratories are valuable resources for accountancy students.

Programs of Study

The school confers the Bachelor of Accountancy, Master of Accountancy, Master of Taxation and Doctor of Philosophy in Accountancy. The undergraduate program provides training in the four major fields of accountancy: public, management, governmental and taxation. In addition, the school’s master’s and doctoral programs enhance its status as a national leader in the field.

Students hold memberships in campus honoraries and in several organizations for accounting students. Ole Miss has had a chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the national professional accounting fraternity, since 1951.

Exceptional Quality and Opportunity

The Ole Miss accountancy program has provided Mississippi and the nation with business leaders in nearly every field of activity. Graduates have gone on to leadership positions in international accounting firms, as chief executives in Fortune 500 companies, as heads of governmental and not-for-profit agencies, and as owners of small (and not-so-small) businesses in towns throughout the Mid-South. Whether in accountancy or some other field of activity, alumni have found that their accountancy education has given them the skills to succeed in life. Ole Miss accountancy graduates are a diverse lot, but they all have one thing in common — they have graduated from a program staffed by distinguished and dedicated faculty.

 

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